Aethelred (II) The Unready “Gold” Mancus


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Noted for having to deal with a steady and growing series of attacks from the Danes, he bore well the title “King of the English”. His reign saw the start of England paying tribute to buy off the invading Vikings from attacking the land. Usually referenced as “Danegeld”.

Some of the designs of both his gold and silver coins were nearly indistinguishable.

Reign; England 978-1016

Historical Denomination: Gold Mancus, valued at 30 Silver Pennys

Our piece is struck in Nugold, and measures 3/4″ inch in diameter (19.5mm)